Dance with History 1800 to 1900
1812 "Waltz first danced in England"
1813 Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
[Sir William Lucas] "What a charming amusement for young people this
is, Mr Darcy! - There is nothing like dancing after all. - I consider
it as one of the first refinements of polished societies."
[Mr. Darcy] "Certainly, Sir; - and it has the advantage also of being
vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. - Every savage
1816 A Companion to the
by Thomas Wilson
"Changing partners in all Balls and Assemblies ought to be optional, as
in many companies it is more properly convenient."
1890s "Rumba arose in Havana"
(Source: see wikipedia.org
"The Waltz is the favourite dance of modern times and has held its own
for the last fifty years. Good
Waltzing means good dancing, and you
cannot be said to dance unless you Waltz."
"Modern Etiquette in
Private" by Frederick Warne and Co.
1896 Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
"The biggest dance halls were in Lancashire... The Empress Ballroom
flourished throughout the summer, holding some three thousand dancers."
1898 Arthur Morris of Leeds
"Arthur Morris of Leeds wrote the tune for and arranged the dance, Veleta, probably the most popular
sequence dance of all time."
1899 Blackpool Tower Ballroom opens